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Old 08-11-2018, 01:38 PM
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Default Irish charity worker hacked to death in South Africa

Awful way to go, seems to be a regular occurance over there.

Irish charity worker John Curran found brutally hacked to death in South African apartment
Dubliner John Curran, 60, has spent two years as the Director of Education for Mellon Educate based in Cape Town

A highly respected Irish charity worker has been found brutally hacked to death in his apartment in South Africa just days before he was due to return home to Dublin.

John Curran, 60, has spent two years as the Director of Education for Mellon Educate based in Cape Town helping to bring education to poor local children.

At 9am on Wednesday morning loud screams echoed out from the block of flats where he lived when a woman thought to be his girlfriend found him dead.His body was in a pool of blood and police sources said he had suffered multiple stab wounds several hours earlier.

Neighbour Dragan Kuruzovic tweeted: “I woke up this morning at like 9am with a woman outside my room SCREAMING: 'Oh my god, my boyfriend is dead' about 10 times.

“Then the screams went “There’s blood all over the place”. I heard people running and freaking out, etc. Doors slamming.

"I called my neighbour ... He went in the place the moment the girl screamed and saw the full on dead body and blood all over. Says it was definitely murder"South African Police Service spokesperson Captain Ezra October confirmed that Mr Curran had been stabbed to death and it seemed that only his phone was stolen.

It is believed CCTV footage has captured Dublin born Mr Curran’s killer fleeing the block of apartments at 4am where he had lived for several months in Buitengracht Street.

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “A person had come to see John and I assume they had their own key.

“When they got into the flat there was blood everywhere and John was dead on the floor. It was clearly murder. Someone said it was his girlfriend who found him”.Mr Curran had spent two years after his retirement working for non-profit-organisation Dublin based Mellon Educate in Cape Town as their Director of Education.

It was his role to work with the South African government to improve the quality of education at under resourced schools and also build houses for homeless people.

Popular Mr Curran was educated, getting a degree in Multimedia at Trinity College, Dublin, and is believed to have two sisters living in the city, Paula Curran and Dolores Rafferty.

Mr Curran retired from Mellon Educate in September and had moved into the flat where he was murdered shortly afterwards and was due to return home to Dublin this week.

The police have opened a case of murder. No arrests have been made yet.The Mission Statement of Mellon Educate is to try to empower 100,000 of Africa’s children to build a better life for themselves through the power of education.

The murder victim had been a teacher since leaving Trinity College and served as the school principal at the Good Shepherd National School in Dublin, Ireland, for 15 years.

He then worked for the Irish Primary Principal’s Network until he retired in 2005. He continued to work for the IPPN in a consultancy capacity until 2016.

He then took up his charity role with Mellon Educate in October 2016 until he retired in September this year.

A colleague said: “I know John as a person of high integrity and honesty”.

When Mr Curran joined Mellon Educate the NPO had already built 25,000 houses for the needy and he oversaw numerous charity projects to help build schools for poor local children.

One of his most notable achievements with Mellon Educate was with the help of 270 volunteers to rebuild and renovate schools in the 400,000 strong township of Khayelitsha near Cape Town.

Last month British man Upendra Galegedra, 50, was found stabbed to death in his apartment in Cape Town and a 24-year-old local man Iryvine Dzitiro, 24, is awaiting trial for his murder.
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:41 PM
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Jaysus. A guy out doing charitable work and meets a violent end. God love him.
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:41 PM
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Old 08-11-2018, 06:20 PM
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Old 08-11-2018, 08:39 PM
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Old 09-11-2018, 03:43 AM
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My word, not knowing the minutiae detail of this tragedy that doesn't surprise me at all, just wincing at the loss of a life trying by all account doing good.

Lived and worked in South Africa circa 02-3 and 4 and regarded it as the finest place I had ever been or seen, already falling into a lawless society that seemed inevitable, sold my home in Constantia for a song really just to leave along with many other salt dicks as they called us....never mind the guff about slavery et al the darkish in power have reduced all Africa to a squalor and a mess of tribal corruption, worked in nine countries there and all notion of egalitarian society was soon swept away....Africa is fucked and everything that comes their way they bring on themselves.

Of course you can accuse me of all manner of racism when you don't know the reality of life as it is.....go follow his footsteps and find out the hard way.
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Old 09-11-2018, 06:31 AM
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Shithole country.

RIP to the poor guy.
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Old 09-11-2018, 09:41 AM
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